I chose stereotactic. Intense but precise radiation. Twice a day for 5 days in a row. It was a breeze! I wouldn't hesitate to lower the risk of reoccurrence no matter which option you choose or have available.
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@appaloosagal I found that it is apparently the blue dye in "pm" products like Tylenol PM that make me jittery and wide-awake. The pm part is just Benedryl. Try taking regular Tylenol and Benedryl instead. Hope it helps!
Tue, Jan 8 6:40pm · How, when & what did you tell your job about breast cancer? Finances? in Breast Cancer
Hi @joy2019. I'll chime in with a very positive experience. I was confident of my employer's support and understanding so told her immediately, and kept her updated as my diagnosis changed from stage 1 to stage IV. She always told me not to worry about my job and that we would work out whatever time off I needed. I'm also fortunate in that my job duties are fairly flexible and I was able to work from home as needed.
It sounds like in your case you may want to wait until you've met with your doctors and received your actual diagnosis and treatment plan. You'll have a better idea then of how much time off you'll need.
I wish you the best!
Hi Colleen, I'm doing well. I'm still on the same treatment plan that I started two years ago: Anastrozole, Herceptin, and Xgeva — and am still in remission. I "hold my breath" until I get the results from my quarterly PET/CT scans, but so far, so good!
I was diagnosed with stage 1, triple +, BC with clear lymph nodes almost two years ago. I had a lumpectomy and was scheduled to start chemo. My Dr ordered pet/ct scans basically to have as a baseline. The scans showed suspicious spots on two ribs. Biopsy confirmed mets. Chemo was cancelled and I started radiation (which originally was going to follow chemo). I chose to do intense 3-D radiation twice a day for five days, and had minimal discomfort. I started on, and am still on, Anastrozole, Herceptin (every two weeks), and Xgeva. Fortunately that regimen immediately put me into remission and has kept me there to date!
I had severe bone and muscle pain and fatigue for the first year. I attributed the side effects more to the Herceptin since the pain and fatigue were worse for a few days following the infusions. I'm sure the Anastrozole and/ or Xgeva could have contributed…? At one year the pain and fatigue virtually disappeared. Right now I'm feeling pretty good!